editors thoughts I am a day dreamer. A typical sun loving, blue skies kinda girl. The weather affects my mood. Always. I have my best and most creative days when the skies are clear ,so of course, it’s not a mistake that I love to vacation in warm weather places. And this time it was Back To Bali for a few days of blissful relaxation. This sure is the best way to recharge the batteries that seem to have been in hibernation for the winter. From Tugu Hotel (Pg. 80) to Desa Seni Village (Pg.74) each with its own brand of ‘special’ and the spectacular Mozaic restaurant (Pg. 86) as well as Cuca (Pg.84), this time was nothing short of transcendant. We chose the area of Canggu (Pg. 60) this time, a little less known to leisure travellers though very popular amongst surfers. And we were not disappointed. I am so excited to share this little piece of paradise with you, it has a unique character to it and somehow you ‘feel’ like this is Bali. It is far from the major touristy hotel strips in Nusa Dua and with a vastly different air to the busy Seminyak or Kuta scene. We enjoyed the amiable company of Michelin starred Chef Chris Salans (Pg.112) and had the opportunity of sampling his great culinary prowess. From slow walks on the beach at sunset & leisurely massages at some of the most beautiful spas in the area like Waroeng Djamoe (Pg.80) and Merapu Svaasthya (Pg.76) to exploring sites like the Temple of Tanah Lot. This edition is about slowing down time, reflection and appreciation. And Bali sure does help one to do all of those things. From the epic designers (Pg.30) who are producing catwalk style garments, at their own pace to fine dining far from the hustle and bustle of big cities to our local entrepreneurs, Sylvester Chauke (Pg.20) and Madoda Khuzwayo (Pg.24) saluting an age old tradition and ‘living life to the fullest’, we slow the pace and take time to appreciate the ‘little things’. Mia’s Wishlist (Pg.16) is our Christmas Dream Box and has some great gift ideas for the upcoming celebrations and our Legends of Luxury (Pg. 14) are looking as fabulous as ever. And if you’re planning on staying home and just enjoying the bounty of South Africa, then Shaina has some great ideas for you (Pg. 50) And friends, please DO NOT forget, it’s “Twenty Days of Christmas” once again. Remember, this is only run on our social media platforms so please remember to like us on Facebook, follow us on both Twitter and Instagram and check the pages daily. (T’s and C’s apply) We kick off on 01 December 2016 and the final competition runs on 20th December 2016. Good luck!! With love, light and digital blessings pick me EXPLORER’S CLUB COLLECTION - THE GOLD ROUTE quarzia tugu hotel mozaic restaurant Lifestyle Fashion Discover Discover PG PG PG 19 PG 78 30 urbanlifenstyle.com 86